|The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual arts and music festival that takes place at the Empire Polo Club. Referred to as just Coachella, the festival originally took place in 1999. During its two-day debut the festival showcased acts like Beck, Tool and Morrissey. While the promoters hoped to make the concert a three-day event, this plan didn’t come to fruition until 2007. By that time the festival had reached large-scale production and Coachella tickets sold out on a regular basis.
The multi-stage event plays host to various genres of music from country to rap. Allowing concertgoers to camp onsite, Coachella Festival makes an attempt at sustainability by encouraging carpooling, recycling and providing stations for refillable water bottles. While acts like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West, Madonna, Jay-Z, Arcade Fire, Florence and the Machine and the Black Keys grace the stages, attendees can get their karaoke on at the campground.
Past Coachella lineups include:
2012 Coachella Lineup
Radiohead, The Black Keys, Jeff Mangum, Arctic Monkeys, Kaskade, Bon Iver, M83, St. Vincent, A$AP Rocky, The Weeknd, The Shins, Childish Gambino, Gotye, Frank Ocean, Afrojack, Fitz and the Tantrums, Azealia Banks, Miike Snow, The Hives, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre.
2011 Coachella Lineup
Kings of Leon, Robyn, Interpol, The Chemical Brothers, Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, Mumford and Sons, Bright Eyes, The Kills, Broken Social Scene, Kanye West, The Strokes, The National, Duran Duran, Wiz Khalifa, Nas, Jimmy Eat World, Chromeo, Neon Trees, Best Coast, Cut Copy, Cold War Kids, Axwell.
2010 Coachella Lineup
Jay-Z, LCD Soundsystem, Vampire Weekend, deadmau5, Them Crooked Vultures, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Muse, Faith No More, Tiesto, MGMT, David Guetta, Dirty Projectors, Coheed and Cambria, Gorillaz, Pavement, Thom Yorke, Phoenix, Sly and the Family Stone, Spoon, Yo La Tengo, Florence The Machine, Old Crow Medicine Show.
2009 Coachella Lineup
Paul McCartney, Franz Ferdinand, Morrisey, Beiruit, Girl Talk, The Black Keys, The Killers, Thievery Corporation, TV on the Radio, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lupe Fiasco, Peter Bjorn and John, Public Enemy, Crystal Castles.
2008 Coachella Lineup
Jack Johnson, The Verve, The National Slightly Stoopid, Minus the Bear, Death Cab for Cutie, Portishead, Roger Waters, My Morning Jacket, The Cool Kids, Dwight Yoakam, Rilo Kiley, Dan Deacon, Hot Chip, Rogue Wave.